Button committed to McLaren cause

Tuesday 13-May-2014 09:11

Jenson Button is determined to help McLaren out of their current slump, the 2009 Drivers' Championship winner claims.

Button finished without points for the third successive race in Spain last weekend, but the Briton believes McLaren's struggles will inspire him to greater heights, rather than push him to retirement.

At 34 years of age, Button is one of the oldest drivers on the grid and his contract with McLaren expires at the end of the season, but he dismissed suggestions that he is about to retire.

"I definitely want to be in F1," Button told Autosport when asked whether he is thinking about retiring after his 15th season in Formula One.

"If you do retire, you want to retire on a high and if you have the possibility to do that, then you continue racing to get that high.

"The problem then is when you do that, you don't want to stop racing either, so you could be racing for many years.

"But no, I don't feel I want to retire at the end of this year. I am happy about my future, and think it is quite exciting."

Button added that he is confident that, with Eric Boullier at the helm, McLaren will once again challenge for titles, especially since Honda will provide the team with power units from next season.

"I would like to think I'll be here and the team will be competitive towards the end of this season, which will then give me good reason to want to be here," Button added.

"We have to be quick towards the end of this year if we want to be quick next year because there are no regulation changes, so we have to stay focused.

"We are not suddenly going to find two seconds over the winter.

"I know Ron [Dennis, McLaren Group CEO] has said he wants to win races this year, but that is going to be very, very difficult.

"I know why he is saying it because he understands we have to be quicker this year if we've a chance of being quick next year.

"That's why there is a big push, and we won't let up like perhaps Mercedes will once they have a 300-point lead!"

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